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Santoor maestro Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma honoured with Kala Shikhar award

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Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma was honoured with the Aditya Vikram Birla Kala Shikhar Award for lifetime achievement. The governor of Maharashtra C Vidyasagar Rao presented the award to the 77-year old Santoor player in Mumbai.
On the other hand, Murad Ali Khan (Sarangi) and Satyajit Talwalkar (Tabla) were awarded with the Kala Kiran Awards. Special Jury Award was given to Shehnai players Sanjeev and Ashwani Shankar.
After starting his career as a vocalist, Pandit Sharma emerged out as the master instrumentalist of the Santoor. He is credited with making Santoor a popular Classical Instrument. The Santoor maestro is also the recipient of the Padma Shri and the Padma Vibhushan.
About Aditya Vikram Birla Kala Shikhar Puraskaar: The Aditya Vikram Birla Kala Shikhar Puraskaar was instituted by the Sangit Kala Kendra in the memory of Aditya Vikram Birla.
The award is conferred on a distinguished artist for his/her lifetime achievement in the chosen field of the performing and visual arts.The award comprises a cash award of 2 lakh rupees, a memento and a scroll of honour.